On September 1, Connor O’Reilly set off from Falmouth, MA to ride his bike across the US, ending in Santa Monica, CA, to demonstrate the power and potential of living sober. Throughout his ride, Connor will be raising awareness about the crucial role that mindfulness and exercise can play in recovery as well as raise funds for WellStrong — a fitness and wellness community that has tremendous success helping those struggling with substance use disorder find new meaning and direction in their lives.
Connor’s ride is proving to be more costly than we had initially anticipated because of bad weather, equipment damage, and emergency lodging needs. In order to mitigate this and make sure the funds raised for Wellstrong stay with Wellstrong, Dave and Melissa McGraw have generously agreed to match up to $1,000 for this emergency supply fund. Please click the link below and donate a few dollars today to help Connor as he continues to inspire us all on his journey.
Connor’s going strong 13 days in and on day 3 of 5 that’s he’s spending on the roads of Virginia. We’re in awe of his pictures- you can almost taste the fresh air!
Connor’s reflection on a rainy day can be applied to any life obstacle:
“If at first you don’t succeed try, try again... even if that means throwing on damp clothes and waiting an hour for the sun to come. Whether you’re two weeks in or two decades, sometime you have to just put your feet forward and let the sunlight do the rest!”
WellStrong would like to give a special shoutout to our Recovery Ride sponsors. Thank you so much for supporting WellStrongs mission and Connor as he inspires many in his travels across the country. ... See MoreSee Less
Looking to “lighten the load” for Connor on his 4500-mile journey? Your donations will not only go to supporting WellStrong as we bring mindfulness and wellness activities to those in recovery but also to Connor's expenses over the next two months.
Some anticipated (and not so anticipated) ways your donation will go to supporting Connor include: • A new tent. A broken pole on his old one proved to be quite the obstacle. Unfortunately the quickest route was to buy a new one. Special shout out and thank you to Terri at TentPole Technologies for doing all you could to resolve the issue on a holiday. • A hot meal • A campsite • A place to stay (for those rainy, stormy nights when camping isn’t ideal) • Bike repairs and adjustments (4500 miles is a lot for a bike!) • Adventures along the route • Battery packs and other technologies allowing him to share his story with us and keeping him connected to loved ones.